Business West AGM and the Festival of the Flourishing Regions

18th April 2024

Business West AGM and the Festival of the Flourishing Regions

18th April 2024
1 Canon's Road
United Kingdom
Starts at 11:00am
Ends at 7:00pm

Business West Chambers of Commerce and Initiative Members are invited to attend our exclusive series of events, which are all taking place at the Watershed in Bristol.

As Members, you’ve been granted advanced booking opportunities, meaning you're the first to hear about our exciting line up of panellists for our afternoon and evening events, and will be able to book your place before spaces fill up.

We've included details for all of the events below, and you'll find timings in the Agenda section at the bottom of the event page.

Firstly, we're hosting our Business West Members AGM

Open to all Chamber & Initiative members from across the whole Business West Membership Community, the Business West AGM is a future-focused meeting that will review the recent changes to governance, provide key updates on our future trajectory and what it means for our members, and launch an exciting new initiative.

We will hear from Business West Chairman Colin Skellet; Managing Director, Phil Smith; Director of Policy, Matt Griffith; followed by a Q&A with our team.

Our second invitation is for the Festival of Flourishing Regions event

The Festival of the Flourishing Regions will explore ‘How we build Flourishing Regions’ as we enter a critical period for the UK.

This is part one of two events in a new National Festival Programme, bringing together a set of fantastic panels, speakers & networking opportunities, in partnership with Bristol Ideas, Business West, Northern Powerhouse Partnership, Business London and Cambridge Ahead, as part of the Growing Together Alliance.

Panel 1: The politics of devolution – what will central government give and where Whitehall will resist / what can metro mayors and other areas ask for?

  • Chair: Heather Stewart, Special Correspondent at The Guardian
  • Philip Rycroft, Former Permanent Secretary DEXEU and Director General and former Director General in the Deputy Prime Minister’s Office
  • Andrew Carter, CEO, Centre for Cities
  • Jane Robinson, Pro-Vice Chancellor, Engagement and Place, Newcastle University
  • Bev Craig - Leader, Manchester City Council and Chair, Core Cities Group

Panel 2: Does the next government have a southern strategy and what does this mean for the West of England?

  • Chair: Peter Foster, Public Policy Editor, Financial Times
  • Hannah Hickman, Specialist in regional planning and the politics of growth in southern England from UWE
  • Angus Horner, Former Shareholder & Campus Director at Harwell. Founder of Prorsus
  • Dan Thorp, CEO of Cambridge Ahead
  • Ahmed Goga, Great South West, former CBI regions and cluster, OxLEP & GFirst LEP board member

Panel 3: How can the next government spur economic growth with constrained finances, and how can devolved areas help deliver?

  • Chair: Andrew Kelly, Director Bristol Ideas
  • Darren Jones, Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury
  • Professor Diane Coyle, Co Director Bennett Professor of Public Policy, University of Cambridge
  • Henri Murison, CEO, Northern Powerhouse Partnership - AK
  • Muniya Barua, Deputy CEO, Business London

Finally, our third event follows on from our Festival of Flourishing Regions with the opportunity for drinks and networking, followed by a final panel discussion.

Panel 4: Launch of the new West of England Institute: Futures West and future festival

  • Chair: Tracey John, Director of RBI, UWE
  • Nick Pearce, Director of the IPR, University of Bath
  • Jessica Lee, Director of Policy and Research, WECA
  • Professor Anne Green, Professor of Regional Economic Development and Interim Co-Director of West Midlands REDI
  • Richard Bonner, Business West - Chair of Strategic Group

How to book your EXCLUSIVE place

All the events described are FREE for Chamber & Initiative members to attend. You are welcome to join us for all or some of the planned events.

Once you have completed your registration details, you will need to answer the questions to confirm which of the events you wish to attend - The AGM, The Afternoon Festival and / or The Evening Festival – if you don’t register, your ticket will not be guaranteed!

We take your data very seriously and are committed to the privacy and security of it. Our Privacy Notice explains the types of personal data we may collect about you and how we’ll store and handle that data and keep it safe.

This is a joint event, and your data will be shared with Bristol Ideas for the purpose(s) of health and safety and registration. Their privacy policy is available at Privacy Policy - Bristol Ideas.

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